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Debian Developers: Mergify, Chrome, DebCamp18, OBS, GSoC and LibrePlanet

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  • Stop merging your pull requests manually

    We built Mergify as a free service for open-source projects. The engine powering the service is also open-source.

  • Odd dependency on Google Chrome

    Hmm, so I noticed every time I started a fresh new Chrome, I logged into my Google account. So, once again clearing things I started Chrome, didn’t login and closed and reopened. I had Chrome running the second time! Alas, not with all the stuff synchronised.

    An issue for Mailspring put me onto the right path. installing gnome-keyring (or the dependencies p11-kit and gnome-keyring-pkcs11) fixed Chrome.

    So if Chrome starts but you get no window, especially if you use cinnamon, try that trick.

  • Plans for DebCamp18

    I’m going to DebCamp18!

  • Triggering Debian Builds on OBS

    OBS supports building Debian packages. To do so, one must properly configure a project so OBS knows it is building a .deb package and to have the packages needed to handle and build debian packages installed.

  • Google Summer of Code 2018 with Debian - Week 5

    During week 5, there were 3 merge requests undergoing review process simultaneously. I learned a lot about how code should be written in order to assist the reader since the code is read more times than the time it is written.

  • How markets coopted free software’s most powerful weapon (LibrePlanet 2018 Keynote)

    Several months ago, I gave the closing keynote address at LibrePlanet 2018. The talk was about the thing that scares me most about the future of free culture, free software, and peer production.

Debian and Derivatives: Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3, Freexian, GSoC, DebCamp18, Linux Mint

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  • Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3 release

    The Debian Installer team[1] is pleased to announce the third alpha release of the installer for Debian 10 "Buster".

  • Debian Installer Buster Alpha 3 Released

    The third alpha release of the Debian Installer to be used by Debian 10 "Buster" is now available for testing.

    There are many changes to this updated Debian Installer with the last alpha release being from last December. This newest Debian Installer for Buster now uses Cryptsetup 2.0, updates to the Linux 4.16 kernel (rather than 4.13), locale choosing improvements, various flash-kernel updates, debootstrap improvements, and other changes.

  • Freexian’s report about Debian Long Term Support, May 2018
  • GSoC Status Update - First Month

    In the past month I have been working on my GSoC project in Debian’s Distro Tracker. This project aims at designing and implementing new features in Distro Tracker to better support Debian teams to track the health of their packages and to prioritize their work efforts. In this post, I will describe the current status of my contributions, highlight the main challenges, and point the next steps.

  • I'm going to DebCamp18, Hsinchu, Taiwan
  • [Older] Linux Mint vs Ubuntu

    There probably aren't two Linux distributions more closely related than Ubuntu and Linux Mint. Actually, the two are so close to one another, there's serious debate about whether or not they are the same distribution.

    Linux Mint takes Ubuntu and adds some extra polish to it. Mint has a different default configuration, some additional packages, and its own desktop environments. Otherwise, it's the same distribution as Ubuntu.

Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Installer Updated with Linux Kernel 4.16 Support

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Developed under the Debian Testing umbrella, the forthcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system series just received today the third alpha milestone of its installer, which lets people install the Linux-based operating system on their personal computers, servers, and IoT devices, such as the Raspberry Pi.

One of the most interesting changes that caught out eyes is the bump of the kernel support from Linux kernel 4.13, which was used in the second alpha build, to Linux kernel 4.16. Of course, this means that there's better hardware support, so chances are you'll be able to install the development version of Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" on newer machines or if you have some exotic components on your PC.

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Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" Has Reached End of Security Support, Upgrade Now

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Released more than three years ago, on April 25, 2015, Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" is currently considered the "oldstable" Debian branch since the release of the Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" operating system series precisely a year ago, on June 17, 2017. As such, Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" has now reached end of life and will no longer receive regular security support beginning June 17, 2018.

Security support for Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" will be handed over to the Debian LTS team now that LTS (Long Term Support) support has ended for Debian GNU/Linux 7 "Wheezy" on May 31, 2018. Debian GNU/Linux 8 "Jessie" will start receiving additional support from the Debian LTS project starting today, but only for a limited number of packages and architectures like i386, amd64, armel, and armhf.

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Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" Artwork Proposals Call Welcomes Talented Artists

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If you're a talended artist and you want the millions of Debian users to see your work, you are invited to submit your best artwork for the Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system, due for release in mid-2019. Submissions are opened until September 5, 2018, and need to meet some requirements.

While not the most important crieria, artworks are usually picked based on how they look more "Debian." Secondly, your artwork must integrate into the operating system without the need to patch any core software. And lastly, all submitted artworks must be clean and well designed to not annoy users.

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Debian Is Looking For Help Coming Up With The Artwork For 10.0 Buster

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If you are more the artistic type than a software developer, Debian is looking for your help. They are soliciting proposals for the artwork/theme for next year's Debian 10 "Buster" release.

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Also: Third GSoC Report

Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Microsoft had to emit a hasty update for its R Open analysis tool after developers found the open-source package was not playing nice with some Linux systems.

The issue was brought to light earlier this week by developer Norbert Preining, who found that the Debian GNU/Linux version of Open R – Microsoft's open-source implementation of the R statistics and data science tool – was causing headaches when it was installed on some systems.

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Also: Microsoft Fixes Faulty Debian Package That Messed With Users' Settings

UCS 4.3-1: First point release for UCS 4.3 available

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Univention is pleased to announce the availability of Univention Corporate Server (UCS) 4.3-1, the first point release of UCS 4.3. It includes all errata updates issued for UCS 4.3-0 and provides various improvements...

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SparkyLinux 5.4 "Nibiru" Operating System Released Based on Debian 10 "Buster"

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Based on the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 10 "Buster" operating system, which should see the light of day in mid-2019, the SparkyLinux 5.4 update is here three months after the SparkyLinux 5.3 release announced in mid-March 2018 to continue the SparkyLinux 5 "Nibiru" rolling series, and it's available only as LXQt, MinimalGUI, and MinimalCLI editions.

"Sparky 5.4 offers a fully featured operating system with a lightweight LXQt desktop environment; and minimal images of MinimalGUI (Openbox) and MinimalCLI (text mode) which lets you install the base system with a desktop of your choice with a minimal set of applications, via the Sparky Advanced Installer," reads today's announcement.

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Latest ReSpeaker voice board moves to Rockchip RK3229

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Seeed’s v.2.0 version of its ReSpeaker Core mic array board advances to a Debian-driven, quad- A7 Rockchip RK3229 and offers a 6x mic array with a 16-meter wake-word range.

Seeed’s $99 ReSpeaker Core v2.0 is a major upgrade to its ReSpeaker far-field voice control SBC, replacing the MIPS-based Mediatek MT7688 SoC running OpenWrt Linux with an up to 1.5GHz, quad-core, Cortex-A7 Rockchip RK3229. The RK3229 is implemented via an Axol Core module while the underlying baseboard provides I/O including HDMI 2.0 and a six-mic array, down from the 7-mic array on the original ReSpeaker. The board supports voice control features including smart speakers, voice assistants, voice conferencing, and talking robots.

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